Natural Attractions in Oyster Pond

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The major focal point of natural beauty in Oyster Pond is the pond itself – which is actually a natural harbor.  If you can pull yourself away from the shore, you'll find a breathtaking butterfly farm, a fun zoo, and a historic plantation all within easy reach. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? You may be pleased to know the area has several interesting nature preserves in and nearby.

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is a popular nature preserve located within Saint Martin, 3.3 mi. Northwest of central Oyster Pond. The park itself offers guests the ability to explore the natural wonder of Saint Martin's forest. The hiking trail is relatively short at two miles, though goes up steep inclines, through ruins, and twists and turns that lead to side trails that can make the hike a little longer. You will have the choice of hiking with or without a tour guide.

Adventurers wanting to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing places like Sint Maarten Marine Park. Proud of its aquatic heritage, Sint Maarten has established the entire coast as a protected area, placing restrictions in many of parts. While this does limit what activities you can participate in, it has encouraged marine life to thrive, making Sint Maarten Marine Park a great places for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Review the table just below for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In and Around Oyster Pond
Name Type Location
Loterie Farm Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.3 mi. Northwest of Central Oyster Pond
Sint Maarten Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Oyster Pond
Sint Maarten Marine Park Eastern End Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Oyster Pond

Caves

Although most vacationers are attracted by the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Dropsey Bay Cave. It is found 10.8 mi. North of central Oyster Pond.

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Vacationers can also spend some time in a few parks, as well as a botanical garden nearby.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, you might want to visit The Butterfly Farm, which is located within Orient Bay, 1.8 mi. North of central Oyster Pond. The most important part of your visit at the Butterfly Farm will be a guided tour, which shows the evolutionary cycle of the butterfly, how they live, and what they do. Tours last for 15 to 20 minutes are are available all day.

Another popular choice in this category is Wathey Square. Set in the heart of town, Wathery Square is a bustling port, shopping center, and more that serves as the unofficial town center.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are summarized here:

Parks and Gardens Near Oyster Pond
Name Type Location
Emilio Wilson Historic Park Park 3.1 mi. West of Central Oyster Pond
Seaside Nature Park Park 4.4 mi. South West of Central Oyster Pond
The Butterfly Farm Botanical Garden 1.8 mi. North of Central Oyster Pond
Wathey Square Park 2.8 mi. South West of Central Oyster Pond

Zoos and Aquariums

The Butterfly Farm

If the thought of spending part of a day at the zoo tickles your fancy, consider visiting The Butterfly Farm. Explore the beautiful colors of the Saint Martin butterflies and plants at this unique and magical attraction. You will find the enclosed area full of caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies of all sizes.

Another related option is St. Maarten Zoo. Monkeys are a favorite at the St. Maarten Zoo, but other exhibited animals include birds and a host of mammals. The reptile and bat houses are not only educational, but a welcome reprieve from the hot sun, and a petting zoo is beloved by children of all ages.

Take a minute to read the table below to learn more.

Zoos Near Oyster Pond
Name Type Location
St. Maarten Zoo Zoo 2.2 mi. South West of Central Oyster Pond
The Butterfly Farm Zoo 1.8 mi. North of Central Oyster Pond

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Oyster Pond are provided in the chart below.

Land Formations In Oyster Pond
Name Type Location
Baie Lucas Bay 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Oyster Pond
Oyster Pond Harbour Central Oyster Pond

Of course, Oyster Pond has other attraction types. Read this article dedicated to even more attractions if you'd like to learn more information.

 

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